The UCF College of Medicine invites you to help us recognize Black History Month 2022, an annual celebration and observance to honor the past and achievements of Black Americans and a time to reflect on how these accomplishments have shaped the course of American history. Join us as we explore the experiences, expertise and perspectives of Black communities and their impact in health and medicine.


Movie Screening: Hidden Figures
Tuesday, February 1 – 6pm-8pm
COM Room 102

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at UCF College of Medicine invites you to bring your colleagues, friends, and family to a movie screening of Hidden Figures starring Octavia Spencer. Hidden Figures tells the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Sign up at https://forms.office.com/r/MZ7hZpcwUp.


Leaders in Competitive Specialties
Tuesday, February 8 – 12pm-1pm
Zoom

In collaboration with the Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG), the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at UCF College of Medicine is hosting a panel discussion with Dr. Taliva Martin, Dr. Kris Okumu, and Dr. Sean Francois.

Dr. Martin received her medical education from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and fellowship training from University of Michigan, Kellogg Eye Center, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus. She has been practicing for more than 19 years and is excited to share her experiences in the field.
Dr. Kris Okumu received his medical education from the University of California Davis, School of Medicine and fellowship from Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell Medical Center.  He has been practicing for more than 11 years and is excited to share his unique perspectives as a spine surgeon.
Dr. Sean Francois is a clinical fellow at Maine Medical Center, Vanderbilt University. He received his medical education at North Carolina Chapel Hill, School of Medicine and is pursuing specialty training in Thoracic Surgery.

Disparities in eye health and eye care are common in the United States and undeniably exist in every URM group.  Rates of glaucoma are nearly 2 times higher for Black people as compared to White people. Despite experiencing higher rates of blindness due to glaucoma, Black people face profound disparities in glaucoma testing. They also have  poor access to low-vision assist devices. Among the many factors that contribute to the disparate outcomes in eye health for URMs is the notable lack of URMs in the ophthalmology workforce. This issue holds true for residents, practicing ophthalmologists, and academic faculty leadership. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7578664/


Donuts and Disparities
Thursday, February 10 – 5:30pm-7pm
COM Room 211 and via Zoom

The UCF COM Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is hosting a panel discussion highlighting local Black physicians and their integral roles and impacts in health and medicine. Guest panelists include: Dr. Monique Dieuvil, family medicine physician in Orlando, Florida; Dr. Tolu Adebanjo McKenzie, Field Director for Infectious Diseases and Vaccines at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson; and Dr. William Waite, Chief Emergency Medicine Resident at Orlando Regional Medical Center Level I Trauma Center.

Meet Our Panelists

Monique Dieuvil, MD, is a board certified family medicine physician in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Dieuvil earned her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, where she also completed a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. Dr. Dieuvil completed a family medicine residency at UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville. She also served as a correspondent in the Medical Unit at ABC News headquarters in New York, New York. Dr. Dieuvil is the recipient of several awards, including the Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Research Award from the University of Florida College of Medicine for the creation of a standardized patient system. Dr. Dieuvil also serves as Assistant Faculty of Family Medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Dieuvil is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Florida Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association and National Medical Association.
Tolu Adebanjo McKenzie is a Field Director for Infectious Diseases and Vaccines at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. In this role, she leads the Vaccine Field Based Medical Team for the East to provide scientific, research, and educational support to health care professionals and internal partners related to Janssen vaccine products. Dr. McKenzie earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and received her Master of Public Health and Medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her pediatrics residency, including her chief residency, at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Dr. McKenzie is also a graduate of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service, which provides a two-year training in applied epidemiology, and she completed a preventive medicine residency through CDC where she was assigned to the Florida Department of Health in Orange County and to Orlando Health’s Corporate Quality and Value Based Care and Population Health departments. As a double board-certified physician in pediatrics and preventive medicine and a CDC-trained epidemiologist, Dr. McKenzie has experience leading domestic and internal vaccine studies; evaluating scientific data to inform vaccine policy and clinical guidance; and developing and implementing public health programs. Prior to joining Janssen, she served as Corporate Director of Provider Informatics at Orlando Health in Orlando, FL and was part of the Pediatric Medical Education faculty at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. In addition to her passion for public health and vaccines, Dr. McKenzie has an interest in diversity in medicine, health equity, and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on health.
Dr. William Waite was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica where he completed high school then migrated to the United States to continue his education and training. He is a graduate of Adventist University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and nuclear medicine. He worked as a nuclear medicine technologist while continuing his education at Nova Southeastern University where he obtained a master’s in medical science degree to become a physician assistant. After working full time as a PA in Orlando, Florida for 5 years, he made the decision to go to medical school and is now a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is currently Chief Emergency Medicine Resident at Orlando Regional Medical Center Level I Trauma Center. He has a passion for medical education and diversity in healthcare.

Individually packaged donuts will be supplied by Pattie Lou’s Donuts, a minority-owned business in Orlando. Register at https://ucfmed.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsf-murzgvG9DiTQ0f3NScycSsdFC2ED-o.


Gender and Race in Healthcare
Thursday, February 17 – 3:30pm-4:30pm
Zoom

UCF/HCA Healthcare GME Internal Medicine Residency invites you to attend this panel discussion highlighting diversity, equity and inclusion in medical education.



Books and Boba: When They Call You a Terrorist
Thursday, February 24 – 12pm-1pm
COM Room 116

Join the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at UCF College of Medicine for a discussion on the book When They Call You a Terrorist.

The emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born. When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele is the essential audiobook for every conscientious American.

https://www.amazon.com/When-They-Call-You-Terrorist-audiobook/dp/B077PGB7P8


If you are interested in participating in the discussion and wish to pick up a copy of the book, please email ucfcomdiversity@ucf.edu by Thursday, February 10. Whether you read the book or not, you are invited to join this reflection on the Black Lives Matter Movement, humanity, and courageous activism.

Boba will be supplied by Milk Tea Café. Please RSVP for this event by visiting https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=FS-TuzjvukKR_PPFnV3R8Qp4OFC4wV9Dt3hU6S2LYGNUNFpUMjBDMUtQT09DUFhTUlpCVzZSUjU0RS4u.


Feature UCF COM Black History Month Lecture
The Intersectionality of Race and Different Abilities
Monday, February 28 – 12pm-1pm
Zoom

Led by Dr. Tracy MacIntosh, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Emergency Medicine Physician, this CME opportunity will explore how racism and ableism are parallel systems of oppression. For our work to be truly disability-inclusive, we must recognize and learn about the ways in which these identities are deeply linked.

CME credits available. Register at https://ucfmed.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvc–prjwjHtzyIBNCDxo8Wxm9Z8V_P4s1.


Additional Trainings and Workshops
UCF Unity Star

2/4/22 – Communicating Across Cultures
2/7/22 – Social Justice 101
2/9/22 – ABCs of Diversity
2/10/22 & 2/11/22 – The Power of Implicit Bias
2/28/22 – The Shades Between White and Black

City of Orlando Workshops